For the first time in the more than 40 years that Alaska has been participating in the Junior Miss Scholarship program, an Alaskan Junior Miss, Soldotna's own Katie Lockwood, was named the 3rd Runner-Up at the National Junior Miss scholarship competition in Mobile Alabama.
"I didn't expect that I would win anything. No one from Alaska has ever won anything before so I mainly went to have a good time, and when I got there it was really overwhelming. There were 49 other amazing girls there, four going to Harvard, four to Princeton, girls with perfect scores on their SAT's, it was very intimidating. But I got to meet the girls and make some great friends and it was a wonderful experience," said Lockwood. Katie returned home with more than $15,000 to spend on college this year.
For being a Runner-Up she was awarded a $10,000 scholarship, and an additional $3,000 for placing in the top 8, and $2,500 for being named one of the four preliminary poise winners. "I won't have to pay any student loans for my first year of college, and if the three people in front me cannot fulfill the deeds of America's Junior Miss, then I'll get to become America's Junior Miss," added Katie, who was thrilled to be able to present her talent on the nationally televised portion of the program.
After winning the state Junior Miss competition Katie let it be known that her primary goal in life is to become the President of the United States. Her experience in Mobile and the reality of the limelight has not deterred her, "In fact, I'm more determined than ever to become President. It's really what I want to do with my life, it's my highest goal and I'm just working up the ladder to get there," said Katie.
Lockwood hopes her success will encourage other young women to get involved in the Junior Miss Scholarship program now that they see the reality of the opportunity. She plans on spending the summer making appearances to promote the programs and has offered to help any young person interested, "It's an experience of a lifetime. I'll never forget the time I spent in Mobile or the time I spent in the Alaska Junior Miss program, it's amazing," said Katie.
In a quote from her profile sheet on the America's Junior Miss website (www.ajm.org) Katie says, "To touch the soul of another human being is to walk on holy ground, Stephen Covey said. I would not be where I am today if it weren't for teachers, friends, and family that have touched my soul and changed me forever in so many ways."
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